Paul Weiser joined the U.S. Navy on February 14, 1941, and attended basic training in Newport, Rhode Island. He was assigned to the battleship U.S.S. North Carolina, and went to sea in the summer of 1942. As a crewman on the USS North Carolina, Wieser took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific theater. They operating off the coast of Japan when the war ended. Wieser remained in the Navy for year and a half after the war. He later spent three years in the Naval Reserves and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
In 1961, the USS North Carolina was purchased by the citizens of North Carolina, and is now moored on the Cape Fear River across from the city of Wilmington. The Battleship serves as a memorial to those who served in the armed forces during World War II. Paul Wieser moved to Wilmington in 1983, and worked for several years as a volunteer educator on the Battleship.
Transcript Number 003
Title: Paul Weiser: Remembering World War II
Interviewee: Paul Weiser
Interviewer: Thor Ronningan
Date of Interview: July 8, 1998
Location of Interview: Wilmington, N.C.
Description: 1 VHS Cassette Tape (c. 36 min.):sd, col
Documentation: 1 Typed Transcript
Series: World War II Veterans Oral History Preservation Project
Series: Voices of Experience